The visit of Juventus to the San Siro this Wednesday sees one of the great rivalries of Italian football reignited once again as the Old Lady take on AC Milan in a Coppa Italia semi-final.
But while much of Italy will no doubt be eagerly anticipating the contest, many of the omens for those keen to bet on the outcome of the game are pointing to a slightly less glamorous result.
After all, recent history suggests goals could be few and far between in this contest, with both sides coming into the game on the back of 0-0 results in Serie A last weekend.
While the adverse weather conditions may have contributed to these scorelines, the continued cold front makes the prospect of a 0-0 full-time repeat at odds of 27/4 one worth considering for an outside punt.
The more shrewd among you may wish to take advantage of bwin’s free £25 bet for registering by backing a 0-0 half-time score, which has occurred in the two previous league encounters between the sides could see you bag £66.25 at odds of 33/20.
Much of the pessimism surrounding the outcome of the match rests on AC Milan’s current form, with the Rossoneri failing to score in their last two top-of-the-table clashes against Lazio and Napoli.
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is free to play despite his red card at the weekend, Milan could continue to struggle for goals and odds of 13/5 on the Rossoneri failing to score are certainly worth considering.
Last time these two sides met in Serie A it was Juventus who came out on top, with two goals in the last three minutes sealing a memorable 2-0 win.
A similarly tight affair could be on the cards here, with Juventus favouring second-half goals away from home in Serie A this season.
Six of their last seven strikes on the road have come after the interval, so the draw/Juventus selection in the half-time/full-time market has plenty of appeal at odds of 13/2.
Despite a disappointing goalless draw at Siena, the omens look good for Antonio Conte’s side, who remain the only European club team to be unbeaten so far this season.
Recent wins over Roma and Udinese are likely to add to their confidence going into the game, though the strength of both defences is likely to guarantee a low-scoring affair.
With an average of two goals in each of the last three league encounters between the two sides, backing Juventus to claim a famous away win in a match featuring under 2.5 goals at 21/4 could prove the perfect punt.
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